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Rachel Jorge - Fundraising

My name is Rachel Jorge, and I am the fundraising chair of PAISOC. I am a Doctor of Audiology at University Otolaryngology in Rhode Island. I am of African American and West Indian descent, and grew up in Connecticut. I have been involved in performing arts for as long as I can remember. I was fortunate enough to have parents who were able to support my passions as they put me through dance, piano lessons, orchestra, choir, and drum corps. I believe that these activities shaped me into the person I am today, and I am grateful that I was able to experience and learn from them. I also know that not everyone is that lucky. This is why I decided to become involved in PAISOC. In most of the activities that I was a part of, I was one of the few minorities involved. It wasn’t until I started marching in drum corps that I was surrounded by other people of color. Unfortunately, however, as the activity became more expensive, the amount of diversity seemed to disappear, and I was again in the minority. By being involved in an organization such as PAISOC, I hope to not only allow students of color to follow their passions; I also hope to spread awareness that there is a lack of diversity in the arts, and to hopefully start to change that.